‘We also need to exist somehow’ – families negotiating everyday ethics during Covid-19 in Denmark

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In this article, we explore everyday ethical concerns associated with the Covid-19 lockdowns of Danish society as experienced by members of Danish middle-class families with one or more children living at home. Combining family theory with anthropological perspectives on ethics and morality, we discuss the pandemic’s ethical implications with a focus on how family obligations and shared family practices are accentuated and altered during a societal crisis and on how families navigate moral dilemmas of balancing family needs and norms with being a good citizen adapting to public guidelines and restrictions. The moral quandaries described by our informants suggest that moral and ethical expectations intersect and sometimes collide in the face of societal crisis, accentuating the different roles and responsibilities ascribed to us respectively as citizens and kin. Hence, periods of crisis bring attention to the interplay between societal histories, family morals and everyday family practices.
Translated title of the contribution"Vi er jo også nødt til at eksistere": Hverdagsetiske forhandlinger blandt familier i Danmark under Covid-19
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Family Studies
Pages (from-to)2294-2313
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • Samfund/samtid
  • Familie og opdragelse
  • Hverdagsliv

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